Teresa Davis - Davis Studio Executive Director,
Teresa has worked for more than thirty years with students of all ages supporting creativity through the visual and theater arts. She has several years’ of experience as an elementary classroom teacher (2nd & 3rd grade) and an art instructor for children, teens and adults. Teresa was also a preschool director and teacher in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has traveled extensively and spent a year teaching children in Amman, Jordan. Teresa founded Davis Studio in 2003 which has grown from just one small studio space offering a couple of classes a week to a thriving arts-center based around creativity, education and community. She holds the vision for Davis Studio’s art and education programs including, Art & Academic Enrichment, Davis Studio Preschool and Davis Studio Community School. Nothing gives Teresa more joy than supporting the growth and creative energy of all of our amazing students.
Lisa Goetz, 1, 2, 3 Lead Teacher,
Lisa has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of children. She wants them to “have a happy heart,” and to see the whole world as their classroom. She supports children’s curiosity about the world around them. She strives to establish a fun and creative classroom where children can be academically challenged and intrinsically motivated. She enjoys supporting her students to become engaged and confident life-long learners. Lisa has previously taught students in grades 1 - 5, first in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and then in the Winooski and Burlington School Districts. She is very excited to be part of the Davis Community School! She brings learning to life in ways that are meaningful to her students including through experiences such as theater performances, field trips and outdoor education. She values community connections and frequently invites visitors from various professions and walks of life into her classroom to speak to her students, including engineers, scientists, mathematicians, artists and athletes. Lisa feels it is important to work closely with parents because together, as a team, so much can be accomplished. She is an avid reader and loves running, biking and hiking because exercise is good for the mind, body and soul. She's especially passionate about engaging students in the arts and theater which encourages children to express themselves in a unique and creative way.
Marcela Bronk, Spanish,
Marcela was born and raised in Colombia and has taught Spanish for elementary, middle school and high school level students. She is currently working on pursuing her teacher’s licensure for K-12 with a Spanish endorsement. She has also volunteered in our community through programs like Hands on Nature, Destination Imagination, Emergent Readers and as a Recreational Soccer Coach. She completed her undergraduate and post-graduate studies in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and worked at IBM for seven years. She enjoys traveling and staying active with her family, experimenting with photography and graphic design and if time allows, learning a new craft. She is very excited to teach at Davis Community School and see her students grow with the language while also celebrating the many origins of Spanish culture.
Catherine Domareki, French,
Catherine is excited to be a part of the new Davis Community School, which daughters Clementine and Anya attend. She grew up in Maine, and has lived in Los Angeles, New York, and Italy. Catherine has taught French, Latin, English, and History at independent high schools for over 15 years, and currently teaches English and History to homeschooling students for Oak Meadow. She enjoys teaching French to her young students especially when focusing on playing, singing and the joy of speaking such a beautiful language.
Renée Compagna, Art,
Renée, a native Vermonter, received her BA in History from Johnson State College. As a life-long lover of museums and the arts, Renee has spent nearly two decades as an educator; with a focus on art-making and program development for youth and families. Renée believes that the arts and PLAY are essential to all and loves sharing those ideas with others. In addition to her love of art, Renée is an accomplished photographer and loves travel, organizing, technology and experiencing her next adventure. She knows a little bit about a lot of different things which is why you will see her tackling a variety of tasks at Davis Studio.
Randal Pierce, Music,
Randal studied music at Oberlin College and McGill University where he holds a degree in piano performance. He has performed on piano and accordion with professional symphony orchestras, major international theater companies, chamber groups, and touring jazz ensembles. As a music educator and theater director, he has worked for the Flynn, Vermont Stage Company, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Lost Nation Theater and the University of Vermont. Randal currently teaches piano at his private studio and is happy to be part of the Davis Community School.
Alane McNamara - Davis Studio Office Manager
After 20 years of helping people improve their vision, Alane has found something worth her focus. An adventure to feed the creative soul brought Alane to a Fused Glass class at Davis Studio. The environment and creative energy made her stick around. She brings many years of experience in organizing and planning systems to keep an office running smoothly. She fields calls, emails, and registrations and works with billing and receipt of payment. She feeds her creative side too, embracing the arts as a student herself. This has renewed her love of learning and passion for creating. Alane enjoys watching each of our students be celebrated and given the power to unwrap the creative gifts they have within.